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Gibson Dunn Promotes 27 Lawyers to Partnership

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 27 new partners, effective January 1, 2022. 

Press Releases | November 4, 2021

California Governor Newsom Signs Three Important New Bills into Law Impacting Residential Zoning and Development

On September 16, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed bipartisan legislation intended to expand housing production in California, streamline the process for cities to zone for multi-family housing, and increase residential density, all in an effort to help ease California’s housing shortage.

Client Alert | October 25, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2022

Gibson Dunn was recognized with six firm and 18 individual rankings in the 2022 edition of Chambers UK. The firm was recognized in the categories: Competition Law – London; International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration – UK-wide; International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration; and Real Estate Finance – London.

Firm News | October 21, 2021

Who’s Who Legal Real Estate Guide 2021 Recognizes Nine Gibson Dunn Partners

Nine Gibson Dunn partners were featured by Who’s Who Legal in its Real Estate 2021 guide. New York partner Andrew Lance was recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader.

Firm News | August 25, 2021

10 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers® named 10 Gibson Dunn partners as the 2022 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities: Theodore Boutrous, Jr.

Firm News | August 19, 2021

Supreme Court Enjoins Enforcement of New York State’s Eviction Moratorium

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Supreme Court granted Gibson Dunn’s request for an extraordinary writ of injunction pending appeal and held that New York State’s eviction moratorium law (“CEEFPA”)—which bars landlords from commencing or continuing eviction proceedings against any tenants who self-certify that they are suffering a COVID-related “hardship,” with no opportunity for property owners to challenge those hardship claims—is inconsistent with fundamental due process principles.

Client Alert | August 13, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Competition, Hospitality and Product Liability Defense

Nineteen Gibson Dunn partners were recognized by Who’s Who Legal in their respective fields. Who’s Who Legal Competition 2021 recommended Brussels partners Christian Riis-Madsen and David Wood; Dallas partner Robert Walters; Frankfurt partner Georg Weidenbach; Hong Kong partner Sébastien Evrard; London partner Ali Nikpay; Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson; New York partner Eric Stock; San Francisco partners Rachel Brass and Trey Nicoud; and Washington, D.C. partners Adam Di Vincenzo, Scott Hammond, Joseph Kattan, and Richard Parker.

Firm News | July 28, 2021

Kimberly Schlanger Named Among 2021 Women to Watch in Real Estate

GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum named Houston partner Kimberly Schlanger to its 2021 Women of Influence: Women to Watch list, which recognizes “rising stars … whose accomplishments, ambition and talent have made them standout professionals who have the skills, characteristics and vision that defines success, excellence and leadership in commercial real estate.” The profile was published on July 28, 2021.

Firm News | July 28, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Limits to the Government’s Ability to Mandate Public Access to Private Property

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that a California regulation granting labor organizations a right of access to agricultural employers’ property to solicit support for unionization, constitutes a “per se” physical taking under the Fifth Amendment.

Client Alert | July 8, 2021

German Transparency Register on Beneficial Ownership: New Filing Requirements for German Corporations and Foreign Entities Directly or Indirectly Acquiring German Real Estate

In order to meet the technical requirements for the upcoming interconnection of the EU Member States’ national registers holding centralized beneficial ownership information, Germany made several changes to the provisions on its transparency register, particularly related to real estate acquisitions. Gibson Dunn lawyers review the changes.

Client Alert | June 16, 2021

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 Recognizes 10 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 has recognized 10 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Cyrus Benson – International Arbitration; Gregory Campbell – Private Equity Law; James Cox – Employment Law; Patrick Doris – International Arbitration; Penny Madden – International Arbitration; Mitri Najjar – Corporate Law; Philip Rocher – Litigation; Alan Samson – Financial Services, Real Estate Finance, and Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Sullivan – International Arbitration; and Steve Thierbach – Capital Markets Law.

Firm News | June 3, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

In its 2021 edition, Chambers USA awarded Gibson Dunn 94 first-tier rankings, of which 33 were firm practice group rankings and 61 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | May 20, 2021

New York State Legislature Poised to Pass New Tax on Real Estate Debt Financing

The New York State Legislature appears set to enact into law a new tax on debt financing for commercial real estate transactions involving “mezzanine debt and preferred equity investments” located solely in New York City, as part of the 2021-2022 budget.

Client Alert | March 31, 2021

California’s AB 2345 Expands and Enhances Density Bonus Law Development Incentives

Effective as of January 1, 2021, California's Assembly Bill 2345 (“AB 2345”) amends the Density Bonus Law to expand and enhance development incentives for projects with affordable and senior housing components.

Client Alert | January 26, 2021

Webcast: Bankruptcy and Real Estate: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Situations

During this panel presentation, members of Gibson Dunn’s restructuring and real estate practices will discuss the opportunities and risks arising from bankruptcy cases involving real estate assets, and how all stakeholders can proactively take advantage of those opportunities and avoid those risks—particularly through thoughtful pre-bankruptcy planning.

Webcasts | January 19, 2021

2020 Year-End German Law Update

At Gibson Dunn, we are proud and honored to be at your side to help solve your most complex legal questions and to continue our partnership with you in the coming year in Germany, in Europe and the world. We trust you will find this German Law Year-End Update insightful and instructive for the best possible start in 2021.

Client Alert | January 14, 2021

Gibson Dunn Adds Real Estate Finance Partner Robert Carr in London

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Robert Carr will join the firm as a partner in the London office. Carr will join from Herbert Smith Freehills and will continue his real estate finance practice at Gibson Dunn.

Press Releases | January 8, 2021

New Dubai Law on Unfinished and Cancelled Real Estate Projects

On 15 December 2020, the Ruler of Dubai issued Decree No. (33) of 2020 which updates the law governing unfinished and cancelled real estate projects in Dubai. The Decree creates a special tribunal for liquidation of unfinished or cancelled real estate projects in Dubai and settlement of related rights which will replace the existing committee set up in 2013 for a similar purpose.

Client Alert | December 16, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among Top New York Real Estate Practices in 2020

The Real Deal ranked Gibson Dunn third on its 2020 list of law firms that handled the highest dollar volume of New York real estate debt deals and fifth on its 2020 list of law firms that handled the highest volume of New York property sales.

Firm News | November 19, 2020

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Names Gibson Dunn Law Firm of the Year for 2021 in Antitrust and Real Estate

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn its 2021 Law Firm of the Year for Antitrust Law and Real Estate Law. The title of Law Firm of the Year is awarded to only one firm per practice area.

Firm News | November 5, 2020

Who’s Who Legal 2020 Guides Recognize 12 Gibson Dunn Partners

Twelve Gibson Dunn partners were recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2020 Capital Markets, Hospitality, Private Funds, and Thought Leaders: Litigation guides.

Firm News | October 30, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2021

Gibson Dunn was recognized with four firm and 14 individual rankings in the 2021 edition of Chambers UK. The firm was recognized in the categories: Competition Law – London; International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration – UK-wide; International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration; and Real Estate Finance – London.

Firm News | October 23, 2020

California Extends Residential Housing Development Entitlements Due to COVID-19

California’s housing shortage continues as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.  In an effort to mitigate delays in housing production throughout the state, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law Assembly Bill 1561 (“AB 1561”), which extends the validity of certain categories of residential development entitlements.

Client Alert | October 8, 2020

33 Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide

Expert Guides has named 33 Gibson Dunn partners to the 2020 edition of its Banking, Finance and Transactional Guide, which recognizes the top legal practitioners in the industry.

Firm News | October 7, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a Top Commercial Real Estate Law Firm

Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News ranked Gibson Dunn among the top 10 firms in its 2020 Leading Commercial Real Estate Law Firms list.

Firm News | October 6, 2020

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as 2020 MVPs

Law360 named eight Gibson Dunn partners among its 2020 MVPs. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” The list was published on October 4, 2020.

Firm News | October 5, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2021 UK Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 13 practice area rankings in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 UK. Four partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals who receive consistent feedback from their clients for continued excellence, and four other partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices.

Firm News | October 5, 2020

Thirteen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

Expert Guides has named 13 Gibson Dunn partners to its 2020 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, which recognizes top female legal practitioners advising on business law.

Firm News | September 22, 2020

Michael Szczurek Named a Top Lawyer Under 40 in California

The Daily Journal named Los Angeles partner Michael Szczurek among California’s top 40 lawyers under age 40. The profile was published on August 12, 2020.

Firm News | August 12, 2020

Crain’s New York Names Noam Haberman a Rising Star in Real Estate

Crain’s New York Business named New York partner Noam Haberman among its 2020 Rising Stars in Real Estate, which highlights “the true drivers of New York’s real estate engine—those individuals whose grit and ingenuity power the region’s progress and the industry’s growth.” The list was published on July 27, 2020.

Firm News | July 27, 2020

Erin Rothfuss Named Among 2020 Women of Influence in Real Estate

GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum named San Francisco partner Erin Rothfuss to its Women of Influence 2020, an annual list that features women who “have all made a distinctive mark in commercial real estate.” The list was published on July 22, 2020.

Firm News | July 22, 2020

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 Recognizes 19 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 has recognized 19 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas. Frankfurt attorneys recognized include: Alexander Klein – Banking and Finance Law; Jens-Olrik Murach – Competition/Antitrust Law, and Litigation; Dirk Oberbracht – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Private Equity Law; Wilhelm Reinhardt – Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Sebastian Schoon – Banking and Finance Law; and Finn Zeidler – Arbitration and Mediation, Criminal Defense, and Litigation.

Firm News | June 26, 2020

City of Los Angeles Proposes Penalties for Unoccupied Property by Imposing New Vacancy Tax

On June 16, 2020, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 to approve a motion instructing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance for consideration by voters on the November 3, 2020 citywide ballot, to impose an annual “vacancy tax” on certain unoccupied multi-family residential and other vacant real property in the City of Los Angeles.

Client Alert | June 22, 2020

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2021 Recognizes 12 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2021 has recognized 12 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Cyrus Benson – International Arbitration; Thomas Budd – Real Estate Finance; Gregory Campbell – Private Equity Law; James Cox – Employment Law; Patrick Doris – International Arbitration; Charlie Geffen – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Private Equity Law; Penny Madden – International Arbitration; Mitri Najjar – Corporate Law; Philip Rocher – Litigation; Alan Samson – Financial Services, Real Estate Finance, and Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Sullivan – International Arbitration; and Steve Thierbach – Capital Markets Law.

Firm News | June 12, 2020

New York State Legislature Passes Relief Package for Renters and Property Owners

On May 28, 2020, the New York State Legislature fast-tracked a set of bills providing accommodations for renters and property owners affected by COVID-19.

Client Alert | June 2, 2020

Pending California Landlord-Tenant Legislation Could Have Significant Impacts on Property Owners

This Gibson Dunn update outlines the current state of these measures as they stand in the legislative process, but these bills are constantly changing and will likely continue to evolve in the days and weeks ahead.

Client Alert | May 21, 2020

New York Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions Extended Through August 20, 2020

On May 7, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s moratorium on residential and commercial COVID-19-related evictions will be extended through August 20 and that new rent relief measures will be imposed.

Client Alert | May 7, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 84 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2020

In its 2020 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 84 first-tier rankings, of which 31 were firm practice group rankings and 53 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 24, 2020

English Law Force Majeure Clauses: A 4-Step Checklist & Flowchart

To assist clients in identifying issues they should evaluate in connection with their contractual obligations under English law in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gibson Dunn lawyers in London have prepared a 4-Step Checklist and Flowchart to review and assess force majeure clauses.

Client Alert | March 31, 2020

State of California and City of Los Angeles Enact New Tenant Protections in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In late March 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Los Angeles City Council, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti each enacted significant new measures governing evictions for certain tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of the pandemic.

Client Alert | March 31, 2020

The CARES Act Decoded:  A Primer for Real Estate Stakeholders & What to Focus on Next

On March 29, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“ CARES ACT”), a $2.2 trillion stimulus package designed to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”).   The ACT provides, among other things, unprecedented economic assistance to millions of Americans and small and distressed businesses.

Client Alert | March 31, 2020

Practical Solutions for Resolving Commercial Disputes When the Courthouse Is Closed

When negotiating a commercial contract, forum selection is often the least disputed issue. But given the daily expansion of COVID-19 court closures, now is the time to assess forum selection clauses in key contracts, before litigating a dispute in the chosen forum becomes indefinitely and prejudicially delayed.  

Client Alert | March 25, 2020

Force Majeure Clauses: A 4-Step Checklist & Flowchart

To assist clients in identifying issues they should evaluate in connection with their contractual obligations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gibson Dunn lawyers have prepared a 4-Step Checklist and Flowchart to review and assess force majeure clauses.

Client Alert | March 24, 2020

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its 2019 Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its five Real Estate Groups of the Year for 2019. The firm’s Real Estate practice was profiled on January 31, 2020. The Real Estate Practice Group handles the most sophisticated real estate transactions worldwide.

Firm News | February 4, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2019 Law Firm of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2019 in its article, “The Firms That Dominated in 2019,” featuring seven firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards.

Firm News | January 13, 2020

2019 Year-End German Law Update

Gibson Dunn lawyers in Frankfurt and Munich provide a recap of developments in German law across numerous areas during 2019.

Client Alert | January 10, 2020

Noam Haberman Named to GlobeSt. 50 Under 40

GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum recognized New York partner Noam Haberman as one of its 2019 50 Under 40, a list of the “best and brightest professionals of the next generation” in the commercial real estate industry.

Firm News | October 10, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2020

Gibson Dunn was recognized with four firm and 16 individual rankings in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK. The firm was recognized in the categories: Competition Law – London; International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration – UK-wide; International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration; and Real Estate Finance – London.

Firm News | October 10, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2020 UK Legal 500

The UK Legal 500 2020 ranked Gibson Dunn in 15 practice areas and named seven partners as Leading Lawyers. The firm was recognized in the following categories:

Firm News | October 4, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among Top New York Real Estate Law Firms in 2019

The Real Deal ranked Gibson Dunn second on its 2019 list of New York law firms who handled the highest dollar volume of real estate loans and second on its 2019 list of New York law firms who handled the highest dollar volume of real estate sales.

Firm News | October 2, 2019

Law360 Names Seven Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2019 Rising Stars

Seven Gibson Dunn lawyers were named among Law360’s Rising Stars for 2019 [PDF], featuring “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” The following lawyers were recognized: Washington D.C. partner Chantale Fiebig in Transportation, San Francisco partner Allison Kidd in Real Estate, Washington D.C. associate Andrew Kilberg in Telecommunications, New York associate Sean McFarlane in Sports, New York partner Laura O’Boyle in Securities, Los Angeles partner Katherine Smith in Employment and Century City partner Daniela Stolman in Private Equity.

Firm News | September 9, 2019

12 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers® named 12 Gibson Dunn partners as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities: Rachel Brass – San Francisco – Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, Miguel Estrada – Washington, D.C. – Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Sean Feller – Los Angeles Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, Douglas Fuchs – Los Angeles Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year, Ronald Mueller – Washington, D.C. Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year, Douglas Rayburn – Dallas Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year, Brian Robison – Dallas Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year, Eugene Scalia – Washington, D.C. Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year, Jesse Shapiro –

Firm News | August 19, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 has recognized 158 Gibson Dunn attorneys in 54 practice areas. Additionally, 48 lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers International in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Firm News | August 15, 2019

New York State Supreme Court Invalidates State Title Insurance Regulations

On August 2, 2019, the Manhattan Supreme Court invalidated as unconstitutional New York State Insurance Regulation 208—a sweeping regulation adopted in late 2017 by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS)—on First Amendment and due process grounds.

Client Alert | August 7, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 U.S. Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 54 practice area rankings, including 18 top-tier rankings in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 – United States, and 32 partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices with an additional 15 partners recognized as Next Generation Lawyers and two attorneys recognized as Rising Stars.

Firm News | July 11, 2019

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2020 Recognizes 11 Gibson Dunn Partners

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2020 has recognized 11 Gibson Dunn partners as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Cyrus Benson – International Arbitration; Thomas Budd – Real Estate Finance; James Cox – Employment Law; Patrick Doris – International Arbitration; Charlie Geffen – Private Equity Law; Penny Madden – International Arbitration; Mitri Najjar – Corporate Law; Philip Rocher – Litigation; Alan Samson – Finance Services, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Sullivan – International Arbitration; and Steve Thierbach – Capital Markets Law.

| June 28, 2019

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 Recognizes 14 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 has recognized 14 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas. In Frankfurt: Jens-Olrik Murach – Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation; Dirk Oberbracht – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity Law; Wilhelm Reinhardt – Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Finn Zeidler – Arbitration and Mediation and Litigation.

Firm News | June 28, 2019

Gibson Dunn Earns 79 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

In its 2019 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 79 first-tier rankings, of which 27 were firm practice group rankings and 52 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 25, 2019

Gibson Dunn’s Real Estate Practice Named Transactions Law Firm of the Year for North America by PERE

Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) has named Gibson Dunn as its Law Firm of the Year (Transactions) for North America at its annual 2018 PERE Global Awards.

Firm News | March 1, 2019

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its Real Estate 2018 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its six Real Estate Groups of the Year [PDF] for 2018. The practice group was recognized for handling “the ninth-largest real estate deal during the first quarter of 2018.” The firm’s Real Estate practice was profiled on February 12, 2019.

Firm News | February 12, 2019

Gibson Dunn Named a 2018 Law Firm of the Year

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce its selection by Law360 as a Law Firm of the Year for 2018, featuring the four firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards in its profile, “The Firms That Dominated in 2018.” [PDF] Of the four, Gibson Dunn “led the pack with 11 winning practice areas” for “successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.” The awards were published on January 13, 2019.

Firm News | January 13, 2019

2018 Year-End German Law Update

Looking back at the past year's cacophony of voices in a world trying to negotiate a new balance of powers, it appeared that Germany was disturbingly silent, on both the global and European stage.

Client Alert | January 11, 2019

UK Real Estate Tax – A New Landscape For Investors

This is an interesting time to be a UK citizen, not least because of the unpredictable political situation. However, UK tax policy regarding real estate investment and taxation of real estate structures has been a moving target since before the Brexit referendum.

Client Alert | December 17, 2018

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as MVPs

Law360 named eight Gibson Dunn partners among its 2018 MVPs and noted that the firm had the most MVPs of any law firms this year. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.”

Firm News | November 28, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2019 UK Legal 500

The UK Legal 500 2019 ranked Gibson Dunn in 13 practice areas and named six partners as Leading Lawyers. The firm was recognized in the following categories:

Firm News | November 21, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2019

Gibson Dunn was recognized with two firm and 14 individual rankings in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK.

Firm News | November 2, 2018

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Gibson Dunn 132 Top-Tier Rankings

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn Tier 1 rankings in 132 practice area categories in its 2019 “Best Law Firms” [PDF] survey. Overall, the firm earned 169 rankings in nine metropolitan areas and nationally.

Firm News | November 1, 2018

IRS Provides Much Needed Guidance on Opportunity Zones through Issuance of Proposed Regulations

On October 19, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations (the "Proposed Regulations") providing rules regarding the establishment and operation of "qualified opportunity funds" and their investment in "opportunity zones."

Client Alert | October 22, 2018

Webcast: CFIUS Reform and the Implications for Real Estate Transactions

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed legislation that will significantly expand the scope of inbound foreign real estate investments subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or “the Committee”).

Webcasts | October 18, 2018

Financing Arrangements and Documentation: Considerations Ahead of Brexit

Since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced in June 2016, there has been significant commentary regarding the potential effects of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the financial services industry.

Client Alert | October 11, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among Top New York Real Estate Law Firms

The Real Deal ranked Gibson Dunn No. 2 on its 2018 list of law firms who handled the highest dollar volume of New York real estate sales on the buyer side and also No.

Firm News | October 1, 2018

Dodd Frank 2.0: U.S. Federal Banking Agencies Propose New HVCRE Capital Regulations

On September 18, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (together, the Banking Agencies) proposed revisions to their Basel III capital rules regarding so-called High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) loans.

Client Alert | September 24, 2018

New York State Supreme Court Annuls State Title Insurance Regulations

On July 5, 2018, the Manhattan Supreme Court overturned New York State Insurance Regulation 208. The case involved a challenge by the New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) to the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) recently enacted sweeping regulation (Insurance Regulation 208) that would have barred the entire title insurance industry in New York State from engaging in traditional industry marketing practices ranging from a title insurance agent taking a real estate attorney to lunch to hosting an office party.

Client Alert | July 9, 2018

India – Legal and Regulatory Update (June 2018)

The Indian Market The Indian economy continues to be an attractive investment destination and one of the fastest growing major economies. After a brief period of uncertainty, following the introduction of a uniform goods and services tax and the announcement that certain banknotes would cease to be legal tender, the growth rate of the economy has begun to rebound, increasing to 7.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, up from 6.3 percent in the previous quarter.

Client Alert | June 28, 2018

Gibson Dunn Receives Chambers USA Excellence Award

At its annual USA Excellence Awards, Chambers and Partners named Gibson Dunn the winner in the Corporate Crime & Government Investigations category.

Firm News | May 25, 2018

Dodd Frank 2.0: Reforming U.S. HVCRE Capital Treatment

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (Reform Bill), which had already passed the Senate on a bipartisan basis.

Client Alert | May 24, 2018

Real Estate Finance Partner Kahlil Yearwood Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Kahlil T. Yearwood has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner. Yearwood, formerly with Dechert LLP, continues his real estate finance practice at Gibson Dunn.

Press Releases | May 4, 2018

Supreme Court Approves Deferential Review of Bankruptcy-Court Determinations on “Insider” Status

On March 5, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in U.S. Bank N.A. Trustee, By and Through CWCapital Asset Management LLC v. Village at Lakeridge, LLC (No.

Client Alert | March 20, 2018

Supreme Court Settles Circuit Split Concerning Bankruptcy Code “Safe Harbor”

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc. (No. 16-784), settling a circuit split regarding the “safe harbor” provision in § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code.

Client Alert | March 5, 2018

New Threat of Substantive Consolidation for Real Estate Lending Structures

Groundbreaking Ninth Circuit Decision Declares Only One Class of Impaired, Consenting Creditors Is Needed to Confirm a Joint Plan Among Multiple Debtors

Client Alert | February 6, 2018

2017 Year-End German Law Update

"May you live in interesting times" goes the old Chinese proverb, which is not meant for a friend but for an enemy. Whoever expressed such wish, interesting times have certainly come to pass for the German economy.

Client Alert | January 7, 2018

International Investors to Be Liable to UK Tax on Capital Gains Derived from UK Real Estate from 2019

Background 1.1 The UK has the largest commercial property market in Europe, attracting over $31bn of investment in the first half of 2017 (even after the Brexit vote).

Client Alert | November 24, 2017

Proposed Revised Capital Treatment for “High Volatility Commercial Real Estate”: More Loans Likely to Be Covered

On September 27, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Agencies) issued a proposal (Proposal) that would amend some of the current Basel III capital rules – foremost among them, the heightened capital charge for so-called "high volatility commercial real estate" (HVCRE).

Client Alert | October 5, 2017

Webcast: Enforcing Security Interests Outside of Bankruptcy: Remedies Under the Uniform Commercial Code

An informative hour-long webinar discussing the remedies provided to a secured creditor by the Uniform Commercial Code outside of bankruptcy proceedings.

Webcasts | September 6, 2017

California Supreme Court Upholds Los Angeles County’s Interpretation of Documentary Transfer Tax Act

On June 29, 2017, in a widely anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court of California held that a transfer of an interest in a legal entity that results in a change in ownership of real property held by the legal entity for property tax purposes triggers the California documentary transfer tax (the "DTT").  This decision affirms the lower court's view that property tax "change in ownership" principles apply for purposes of the DTT.Facts of the CaseAs discussed in more detail in our prior Client Alert, Ardmore involved a series of transactions involving, over time, the transfer of an apartment building by a trust (Trust) to a wholly owned limited liability company (Ardmore), a transfer by the Trust of its interest in Ardmore to a "trust-owned partnership" (

Client Alert | July 10, 2017

Proposed New Disclosure Regime for Overseas Entities Owning UK Real Estate

A significant development is afoot which will impact foreign investors in UK real estate. Aside from the benefits of a stable and liquid real estate market in the UK and a favourable legal/tax regime, foreign investors have always been able to preserve their anonymity.

Client Alert | June 20, 2017

UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships

On 6 April 2017, the Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited partnerships) Order 2017 ("LRO") came into force. The LRO amends the Limited Partnerships Act 1907 ("LPA") and introduces a new form of limited partnership, the 'private fund limited partnership' ("PFLP") for use as a fund vehicle.

Client Alert | May 8, 2017

2016 Year-End German Law Update

Over the last eight years, the German economic recovery seemed very robust to any sort of political and financial turbulences occurring in the EU and world-wide.

Client Alert | January 13, 2017

IRS Issues Final and Proposed Regulations Addressing Partnerships and Section 956 and the Active Rents and Royalties Exception

On November 3, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") and the Treasury Department ("Treasury") issued final regulations (the "Final Regulations") providing rules regarding the treatment under section 956 of "United States property" held by controlled foreign corporations ("CFC") through partnerships and expanding the scope of the section 956 anti-avoidance rule.  Along with the Final Regulations, the IRS and Treasury also issued proposed section 956 regulations (the "Proposed Regulations") addressing certain determinations regarding related parties.  The Final Regulations also contain rules for determining whether a CFC is considered to derive rents and royalties in the active conduct of a trade or busi

Client Alert | November 11, 2016

IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying the Definition of Real Property for REITs

On August 31, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") and the Department of the Treasury ("Treasury") issued final regulations clarifying the definition of "real property" for real estate investment trust ("REIT") purposes.  The final regulations largely follow the proposed regulations issued in May 2014, with limited changes.  The IRS and Treasury received numerous written and electronic comments and held a public hearing on the proposed regulations, but declined to incorporate most comments into the final regulations.  We have summarized below a general overview of the final regulations and some noteworthy features and observations.

Client Alert | September 9, 2016

FinCEN Expands Temporary Reporting Requirements on Title Insurance Companies for All Cash Luxury Real Estate Transactions to Six Major U.S. Areas

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced an expansion of the Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) targeting alleged money laundering risk in the real estate sector.

Client Alert | August 1, 2016

Is It Still Possible to Implement Tax-Free Step-Up of Real Estate Assets Held Through a French SCI?

The Lupa decision creates uncertainty in applying the Quemener principle in a Luxembourg situationOn July 6, 2016, the French Supreme Court rendered a surprising decision that limits the right of tax payers to implement a tax-free step up of French real estate assets held through French SCIs (société civile immobilère).

Client Alert | July 25, 2016

BREXIT – What Next? Key issues if you are doing business in or with the UK and the EU

This is an update to our client alert published on June 21, 2016 in which we addressed the possible legal consequences of a vote to leave the European Union in the Referendum held in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2016.  Now that the outcome of the Referendum is known, we consider in this client alert some of the likely immediate consequences of that vote and its impact on anyone doing business in the UK.What happened on June 23?In a result announced in the early hours of June 24, the UK electorate voted, by a majority of 51.9% to 48.1%, to leave the European Union.

Client Alert | June 28, 2016

BREXIT

You will all be aware that the UK electorate voted yesterday, by a margin of 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union.  Following that vote, the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced today that he will step down in October when a new leader of the Conservative party (and, therefore, Prime Minister) will take office.  The referendum does not itself trigger any legal consequences.  The actual timing for a UK exit from the EU is uncertain.  Whilst Mr. Cameron has indicated that the UK government will not invoke the mechanisms required under the Treaty of Lisbon to trigger negotiations leading to BREXIT until a new administration is in place, the presidents of the EU institutions, in a joint statement issued today, have said that they expect the UK to give eff

Client Alert | June 24, 2016

IRS Releases Temporary and Proposed Regulations Extending REIT Built-in Gain Recognition Period for Property Acquired from a C Corporation and Tightening the Rules for REIT Spinoffs

On June 7, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") and the Treasury Department issued temporary and proposed regulations (the "New 337 Regulations") under section 337 that (i) extend the period during which a real estate investment trust (a "REIT") is subject to U.S.

Client Alert | June 14, 2016

2015 Year-End French Law Update

2015 has been an extraordinary year for M&A on a global scale. Despite a 3.2% decrease in deal volume, total deal value reached US$4.3tn, an astounding 30.5% increase from last year.

Client Alert | February 24, 2016

Webcast – Real Estate Lending Structures and their Bankruptcy Drivers; Understanding How We Got Here

​This presentation unpacks the bankruptcy bogeyman. We canvas some of the fundamental principles of bankruptcy underlying the evolution and form of the real estate financing structures that predominate the market, and discuss how varying structures and provisions can affect results in a future workout or bankruptcy.

Publications | January 27, 2016

President Obama Signs Appropriations Bill Exempting Non-U.S. Pension Funds from FIRPTA, Taxing REIT Spinoffs, and Making Other Important Changes to the Taxation of U.S. Real Property Investments by Non-U.S. Investors and the REIT Rules

​ On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the "Act"), an omnibus spending bill that includes a number of changes to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") governing the taxation of U.S.

Client Alert | December 29, 2015

Amendment to France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty Will Not Tax the Sale of Companies Owning French Real Estate Before 2017

On September 8, 2014, we issued a client alert that the Luxembourg and French Ministry of Finance had signed a fourth amendment to the tax treaty between France and Luxembourg, with the potential to impose a significant tax burden on existing and future French real estate investments.  Although the effective date for the amendment was previously unclear, it is now apparent that this amendment will come into effect no earlier than January 1, 2017.Under the current treaty, gains on the sale by a Luxembourg company of shares in a French or Luxembourg company holding French real estate are not taxable in France, even if those gains may also be exempt from Luxembourg tax under Luxembourg domestic law.The fourth amendment will reverse this favorable treatment.

Client Alert | November 23, 2015